Newbury Park | California

​​Banyan Elementary School PTA

Abilities Awareness Week​



​Abilities Awareness Week is a program that gives Banyan students a glimpse of what it would be like to have different abilities. During this is a very exciting and important “life lesson” week, students participate in hands-on activities and learn about what it is like to have different "abilities."  The goal of this week is to help our students understand that we all have a variety of differences as well as similarities and have the need for respect, acceptance, inclusion, and friendship.​ Parents, grandparents and friends may attend our Opening and Closing ceremonies.

Get Involved!

We need parents, grandparents, and friends to help run 5 unique hands-on stations in the MPR. No previous experience is necessary and step-by-step instructions will be provided. Example of activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Fine Motor Station: students string cereal while wearing socks on their hands
  • Vision Station: students try to put a puzzle together while wearing a blindfold

Many thanks to our current

and past special guests:


  2021 | Virtual Program - Packets to be Sent Home


  2020 | Program Information

  January 24 | Special Assembly: Independent Living Resource Center

                       Special Guests: All in Stride: Horsemanship and Therapy Program

  January 27 - 30 | Sensory Station sessions

  January 31 | Closing Ceremony at Bobcat Assembly

                      Special Guests:  Lark Detweiler: Featured Dancer on

                                                 NBC's Zoey Extraordinary Playlist (Episode 9)

                                                 Newbury Park High School & Sparkle Cheerleaders

                                                 All in Stride: Horsemanship and Therapy Program

 SignUp to help facilitate our stations | Volunteer times organized by classroom!

For more information Abilities Awareness Coordinator